October 2018
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Write a product review and win a Hive!
Rate it! has independent reviews written by you, the experts who know exactly what works and what doesn’t. Every month we're giving away a prize! Each review written will count as a single entry into the prize draw pot. For October, the prize is the Hive active system three connected home products – lightbulbs, motion sensor and plug. 

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A tribute to Christopher Zealley
Message from Dr Phil Friend, OBE, Chair of the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers:
 
On Monday 24th September, Christopher Zealley, a former long-serving trustee, died. He was 87 and had been ill for the past year. Chris was a huge supporter of RiDC - he joined our board in 1991 and served for 27 years. Chris was a former Chair of the Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? and cared passionately about consumer issues. He had wide experience as a charity trustee, including serving with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), NACRO, Dartington Hall, the European Community Chamber Orchestra and other charities and pressure groups. Disabled people throughout the UK have benefited hugely from his tireless enthusiasm for making the world focus on consumer issues. We will all miss him and are grateful for having had the good fortune to know him. Our thoughts and best wishes go to his widow Ann and his family.
Rate it! September prize draw winner
A big congratulations goes to Colin from Burton-on-Trent who won an Amazon Alexa (Echo) in our Rate it! prize draw for September!
Well done, Colin!
Top product review
Thank you! Your reviews for September have been a fantastic addition to Rate it!, the product reviews website written for - and by - disabled people. We've picked a Product of the Month - the Bescita 5 in 1 Can Opener. Read the two reviews below which give clear information and practical examples of when and where this gadget can be helpful.
Does anyone know of a better can opener?
Other news
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Gem of the month - Thomas Pocklington Trust
Congratulations to Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year! Their aim is to improve lives for blind and partially-sighted people across the UK.
Recently, TPT has worked on influencing policy on important issues such as Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment as well as funding research on health, equality and assisted living (see our TPT-funded research). TPT is increasing the number of their staff with lived experience of sight loss from the current 37% to a target of 50%, and 10 of their trustees are blind or partially-sighted. Read more below.
Disabled people and politics
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability is holding a national enquiry into the nature, quality and extent of contact between disabled people and the political process. To get involved, email them at appgsecretariat@disabilityrightsuk.org.
Find out more below.
Passenger Assist smartphone app trial
A new smartphone app to help disabled people get assistance when travelling by train is being tried out on four rail services.
Disabled people using the West Midlands, London Northwestern, Greater Anglia and South Western railway services are testing the Passenger Assist app. Developer Transreport hopes a final version will be available nationwide by next Autumn. Read more below.
Get Going Live! in Leeds
Get Going Live!, the event that offers disabled people of all ages the experience of adapted driving, is coming to Leeds on Thursday, 18 October. Part of the William Merritt Centre’s annual AccessAbility exhibition, Get Going Live! focuses on younger disabled people, novice drivers and individuals with a newly acquired medical condition. The event is free and there's accessible parking. See more below.
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